If you live a location with cold winters, you already know how hard the weather can be on a house. To avoid dealing with preventable disasters during the depths of winter, you should perform a little home maintenance. Below are a few tips to protect your property from some of the most common cold weather issues.
Prepare Your Pipes
Temperatures below freezing can cause serious damage to a home’s water pipes. If you are going to be away from home this winter, take steps to protect your pipes. You should learn where your pipes are in case they freeze; you should also know how to shut your water off. All of these things can help you to protect your home from costly water damage.
Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters are more likely to freeze and cause more blockages. A blocked gutter can cause water to overflow and seep into your walls or flood your foundation. Clearing your gutters can go a long way toward protecting your home. To make the process easier, try to remove debris before it gets into the downspout. If it gets into the downspout, the difficulty of removing it will increase considerably.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Are your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors doing their jobs? You should check the batteries in the devices each month, but make a point of doing this during the winter months. In the winter, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are even more essential since our windows are often closed and many of us are using wood-burning stoves or fireplaces for much of the time. Each bedroom should have a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and you should have one in your kitchen as well.
Replace Your Air Filter
Because of how much work your heating system does during the winter, you should replace the air filter at least once every three months. A clean filter can help your unit to run more efficiently while also removing contaminants and improving your home‘s indoor air quality. If you have allergies, you might see some of your symptoms improve when you install an allergen air filter.
These are just some of the tasks that you may need to take on to protect your home and keep it comfortable over the winter. Consistent preventive maintenance will help to fix minor issues before they become major ones.